Academic staff at AgroParisTech

Raphaël Manlay

I am Raphaël Manlay and I am a lecturer in Tropical Ecology and Global Change at the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech) in Montpellier, France.

I also work (1) as the Coordinator for France of the joint European MSc programme in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR), and as the Co-coordinator of the MSc program Biodiversity, Ecology & Evolution of Montpellier, specialization "Tropical Plant Biodiversity & Ecosystem Management" (BioGET), and (2) as an associate scientist in the Joint Research Unit  “Functional Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Soils and Agrosystems” (Eco&Sols). I am a contributor to, and reviewer for several international journals in the field of tropical ecology and agriculture.

I am particularly interested in (1) functional ecology of tropical areas with a focus on the carbon cycle and the management of carbon as a resource, and (2) interactions between sustainability of land-use systems and climate change issues in the tropics. I have significant experience in (1) carbon budget assessment and modelling from plot to landscape scales, and (2) analysis of climate change mitigation projects in tropical forestry and agriculture.
In SUTROFOR I am course responsible teacher in Tropical Forest Ecology, Tropical Forests and Global Change, and Ecological engineering for tropical ecosystems. I also contribute to other courses outside AgroParisTech through guest teaching, and I supervise MSc theses and cosupervise PhD theses.
Link to my AgroParisTech webpage

Maya Leroy

I am presently a senior lecturer in Environmental Management Sciences at the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food & Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech), where I head the Training and Research Unit on Environmental management. I also co-direct the research group 'Altermanagement, Globalization & Ecology' at the Montpellier Management Research laboratory of Montpellier University.

I began my career at the headquarters of the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). I taught for ten years at the Center of Tropical Agronomic Studies (IRC-SupAgro) and held the position of Director of the Rural & Tropical Forestry Department of the National School of Rural Engineering of Water & Forests (ENGREF). My research & teaching within Environmental Management Sciences focuses on public development policies, with particular emphasis on biodiversity, tropical forests & wetlands. My main areas of research are (1) the consequences of globalization strategies and the identification of the environmental management systems that they help to implement, especially in developing countries, (2) the evaluation of collective governances of ecosystems and biodiversity, and environmental arrangements, in particular with regard to their ecological performances, (3) environmental NGO strategies.

At SUTROFOR, I am responsible for the course content for Social Sciences within the areas of Environmental Management, Environmental Policies & Strategic Environmental Management Analysis.


Alexandre Gaudin

I am a teacher and a researcher in socio-anthropology at the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech) in Montpellier, France. I am also a researcher at the Montpellier Research in Management lab within the University of Montpellier.

My research deals with the role of knowledge (technical, juridical, historical ones) in governing nature. It explores how the production of knowledge is negotiated considering three realms of environmental management: social division of labor in knowledge production, access to natural resources and inhabiting territories, and coexistence of different types of authorities. It aims at improving understanding of commodification processes, the role of management indicators and the making of alternative ways of environmental management.

In the SUTROFOR program, I am in charge of two blockcourses: sociology and survey techniques for human sciences and ethno-ecology and sustainable development. I also supervise MSc theses which topics include a social sciences approach.


Georges Smektala

 I am Georges Smektala and I am a lecturer in forest sciences at the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech) in Montpellier, France.

I am the responsible of the specialization Environmental management of tropical ecosystems and forests in the international Master’s program Agronomy and Agrifood Sciences, addressing the challenges of managing tropical ecosystems and forests

I work also as an associate scientist at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), in the multidisciplinary GRED laboratory.

I am particularly interested in sustainable forest management, agroforestry development, and forest governance.

In SUTROFOR I am course responsible teacher in agroforestry, silviculture, dendrometry and forest inventory, forest management, ethnoecology, forest economics, forest and environmental policies, system dynamics and modelling, and personal development (English, preparation for entry into the professional world).

I am also the administrative director of studies of the AgroParisTech Montpellier centre.


Clément Feger

I am an Assistant Professor in Environmental management at the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech) in Montpellier, France. I am also a researcher at the Montpellier Research in Management lab at the University of Montpellier.

 My research interests are at the crossroads of three crucial innovation fronts for renewing the collective governance of the planet’s ecosystems: (1) the design and use of new ecosystem and natural capital assessment tools by conservation scientists and practitioners; (2) the development of new social and environmental accounting frameworks and tools to support the collective governance of ecosystems and biodiversity conservation strategies; (3) the contribution of the private sector to natural capital protection and maintenance. I have a strong preference for research-action methods, in which results come from a combination between original theoretical constructions and practitioners’ inputs and needs.

 In SUTROFOR, I contribute to courses such as environmental policies, social sciences for environmental management and strategic environmental management analysis. I also tutor MSc theses over different topics related to environmental social sciences.